Whats the best scope under $1000?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Michael RSAUM, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Michael RSAUM

    Michael RSAUM New Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Statesville N.C.
    Looking for a nice scope to put on my .300 RSAUM. Wanting to stay under a $1000. Any info would be appreciated!
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Every person who responds will have a different suggestion/recommendation.

    I do not shoot a .300 RSAUM, actually never heard of one, but Vortex makes some very nice scopes for less than your budget. The last scope I bought was a SightMark and it was a lot of scope for not a lot of money. I would recommend both makes!
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  3. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    Might not make it under a grand, but check out IOR Valdada scopes. A magazine I used to get (Precision Shooting) did a report on them, and said they were second to NONE.
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  4. Shanghai

    Shanghai Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    East Texas
    I have a number of rifles and 6 of them, including a 300 Win Mag, carry Leupold scopes. You can get a great Leupold for less than $1000.

    I've hunted rough country in Texas, New Mexico and Idaho. I've transported the rifle via truck, airplane, 4 wheeler, and horseback. I've back packed for miles with it through rain snow and ice.
    I zeroed the scope the day I bought it in the 1980's and never had to re-zero.

    I've never had any sort of problem with the scope or, for that matter, with any of the other Leupold scopes. Spend as much as you can afford but I have a hard time believing you could find a better quality scope than a high end Leupold.
  5. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Depends on what you want. Luepold does not make mil turrets, Nikon does not have mil reticles, most companies dont match mil/mil. Most are MOA.

    Viper Vortex PST 6-24x50 is what I am looking at. It is mil/mil, first focal plane, target turrets, and Zero stop. It runs $950.

    If you dont need zero stops, I highly recommend the SWFA SS line of scopes. They have several that are very good glass for the money and they are solid. The only reason I am not getting one is because I really want the stops.

    If mil isnt your thing, Luepold would make an excellent choice as well.
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
  7. Gottcha

    Gottcha Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2016
    Southern WI
    Midway is having a sale on Luepold scopes
  8. ysacres

    ysacres Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wazzu WA
    Leupold 4.5 X 14 X 50 vary X III gold ring
  9. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    IMO, the best rifle scope under $1000 is the Sightron SIII series. What power level, depends on what the Ops use of the scope is. The SIII series of scopes range from 3.5-10x all the way up to 10-50x.
  10. Pawpaw40

    Pawpaw40 Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2012
    East Texas
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  11. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    There are aftermarket zero stops for the SWFA SS scopes. I forget which forum I read about it on, but I added it to my SWFA 3-15. Easy. And only like $20 IIRC.

    But right now there are some great deals available on Vortex scopes from a dealer near me. And having done business with him twice, I can personally recommend him.

    He bought a truckload of manufacturer refurbished Vortex scopes, and he's selling the PSTs at quite the discount. I just paid $350 shipped for a PST 1-4x24. That's with full warranty. And the scope is flawless; it looks like it was sent back because the box was damaged. I'll take a $100 savings (over his already better-than-anyone-else's price) because the box I was going to toss anyway is damaged!

    You can't order the refurbs directly from the website, as Vortex won't let him publicly post prices. Give him a call at 765-580-0986 or an email at alan@aaoptics.com. He's quick to get back with you.
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  12. firefighter1635

    firefighter1635 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    FEMA Region V
    I have a vortex viper pst 6-24x50 that Country101 mentioned. Very very nice scope for the money. Got mine in March or April on sale for $700. Its good for way ferther than I can shoot.
  13. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
  14. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    To clarify, the shims you are talking about are compatible with the standard line of SS scopes. The makers had SWFA test them and they approved them. However, in the HD series scopes, SWFA did not recommend using them because they could dork up the internals(yes, that's the technical lingo. ;-) ) I guess the setup is slightly different between the two series.
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  15. Michael RSAUM

    Michael RSAUM New Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Statesville N.C.
    Thanks guys, Think i'm leaning towards the Vortex PST 6-24x50
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